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Within the bounds of Lincoln County is an amazingly long and diverse heritage -- from native Americans on the coast and upriver, European fishermen at Monhegan and Pemaquid, "Liberty Men" confronting surveyors and Great Proprietors in Whitefield and Jefferson, to the shipbuilders and merchants in Waldoboro, Damariscotta, Bristol and Boothbay, and Wiscasset.
Museums such as Thompson Ice House, Fort Pemaquid & Museum, Pemaquid Lighthouse &, Fisherman’s Museum, Monhegan Museum, Chapman Hall House, Pownalborough Court House, and local historical societies provide opportunities to teach and learn about the County’s long history. Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site includes a reconstruction of Fort William Henry, and in the museum exhibits artifacts found on the site dating from prehistoric times through the colonial period. Musket balls, coins, pottery, and early hardware are among items of interest, - reenactments, tours, archeological digs, and lectures bring history to life. There are two very popular and excellent railway museums. The Frances Perkins Center has recently begun public programming at the Perkins family homestead in Newcastle, with plans to function as an educational and research facility, retreat and conference center, public policy institute, and historic site
Explore and enjoy historical sites, buildings, homes, forts, railways, mills -- and preserves. Most every community has at least one historical or cultural organization, and many are listed below. While our website continues to grow, please visit the local chambers of commerce and newspapers for up-to-date listing of events.